Shane McMahon was riding aboard a helicopter that made a crash landing this afternoon near Long Island … but luckily, the SmackDown Live Commissioner came out of it injury-free.
McMahon told ABC there was a loud bang before the pilot told him they’d be making an emergency landing in the waters off of Gilgo Beach and described it as “very unnerving.”
Adding, “Mario [the pilot] was super calm, which made me calm super calm, and we landed perfectly.”
According to ABC, emergency responders picked them up after the chopper landed in the water on it’s pontoon skids. They were then ferried to shore.
Don’t worry though, this won’t keep Shane from his SD duties … he says he’ll be at Battleground.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
WWE.com issued the following:
A helicopter carrying Shane McMahon made an emergency landing today in the Atlantic Ocean near Gilgo Beach on Long Island, N.Y.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the emergency landing occurred around 10:25 a.m. ET about a half-mile off shore.
The SmackDown LIVE Commissioner spoke with WWE.com after the incident to confirm he and his pilot were fine and escaped injuries from the landing. He explained that he was en route to visiting family on Eastern Long Island when the helicopter troubles started.
“I would like to thank our pilot, Mario, who did a heroic job of landing us safely in the water, the Suffolk County Marine Bureau who were first on the scene, all the lifeguards who came out to assist us and the Fire Island Coast Guard station,” he said.
McMahon reiterated that the WWE Universe shouldn’t worry and that he won’t need to step away from his SmackDown LIVE responsibilities.
“Everyone is safe and sound,” he said. “I look forward to seeing everyone at WWE Battleground in Philadelphia this Sunday.”